Children’s Ministry

The Children’s Ministry of St. Mark Presbyterian Church provides an atmosphere of community, family and unconditional love that fosters happy, connected and faithful children. We welcome all as we teach about the Bible and God’s unending love for each of us, encouraging service as we respond to needs beyond our church walls, and grow in Christian fellowship with one another.


We are hosting an ADVENT CONNECT Celebration on November 28th in Gleason Hall immediately after the 10 am service. There will be refreshments and activities for all ages AND you can pick up your ADVENT CONNECT gift to take home to begin the Advent season. This is a special way St. Mark would love to connect with your whole family! Invite friends, neighbors, or anyone else you can think of who might like to come and connect! Click here to view Episode 1 and access fun family activities!

Sunday School
All PreK – 5th grade students are invited to Sunday School each Sunday during 10 am worship service, immediately following the Children’s Message. In addition to our in-person lessons, there are links to our lesson videos below by age group:


November Pre-K Online Experience
“Community Garden”
Who can you thank for everything? I can thank God for everything. Choosing to be thankful is what it’s all about during the month of November. With our theme “Community Garden” – We will learn this month to be thankful for each other, thankful for friends, for our daily needs, and thankful when we are helped by others. Enjoy!


November Elementary Online Experience
“UPcycle”
There are lots of things we want in life. But at the same time, we have to learn to be okay with what we have. With contentment, we can roll with what we’ve got instead of always wanting more. This month we will learn that true contentment comes when we fully trust in God for all things.

September Preteen Online Experience
The “So & So” Show
The Preteen online experience! This month we will be focusing on your own individuality. God made only one you, and He did it for a reason. When you discover who you’re meant to be, you can make a difference in the world around you. I wonder what we could do in life if we could see ourselves that way God sees us? You were fearfully and wonderfully made and are SO loved!

Wednesday Evening Program include curriculum-based activities and lessons for PreK – 5th grade students from 6:00 – 7:00 pm starting September 15.

Nursery
Nursery Care for ages 0-2yrs is available Sunday Mornings from 9:45 – 11:00 am.

Saints and Sibs
Children and their siblings gather for fun activities and mission projects once a month on Sunday afternoon.

Upcoming Children’s Ministry Events Calendar
Click Here for a link to the Children’s Ministry event calendar

Due to Covid-19 precautions:
St. Mark Children’s Ministries are committed to creating events that promote safe-distancing and we encourage the use of masks whenever and wherever they are required.
Children must have a completed permission form on file to participate in Children’s Ministries activities. Click here to download a copy of the fillable permission form. Please complete and email to childrenministry@discoverstmark.org.

Support St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry when you shop on Amazon
There is a new way to support Children’s Ministry. Do you shop on Amazon? Well if you do, try Amazon Smile. It is simply to use. When you shop on Amazon use this web address https://smile.amazon.com and select St. Mark Presbyterian as your charity. Then shop to your hearts content. It is that simple. We automatically get 0.5% back on all qualifying purchases. We will be using the money that we earn toward a family scholarship fund for Mound Ridge.

For more information about our programs for children, contact Latisha Gilliland, Director of Children’s Ministry, at lgilliland@discoverstmark.org

Youth Ministries

Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith.

Youth Group
Students grade 6-12 are invited to participate in fun, fellowship, snacks, games, and Bible Study each Wednesday evening from 6 pm – 7 pm. Youth are welcome to bring friends with prior permission from their parents and notification to the youth leadership team.

Youth Hangout
Join us one Sunday each month from 4 – 6 pm for an extended amount of HANGOUT time either on-site in the youth lounge or off-site for activities like a movies, skating, and hiking.

Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective, to support our young leaders, and provides chances for our youth to use their gifts and talents to lead us.

Youth are invited to serve as worship Liturgists throughout the year — call Pastor MP if you wish to serve as a Liturgist.

Confirmation Class
Confirmation classes are held Sunday mornings at 9 am beginning September 19. Students in Middle School and High School who are ready to explore their faith are invited to attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church, and what it means to be Presbyterian.

Upon completion of the course, the students have the option to be confirmed during worship and be received as new members of St. Mark Presbyterian Church.
*Contact Pastor MP or the church office (636-394-2233) for more information.

Youth Calendar
Check out the calendar for all upcoming activities!

Youth need to have a completed Permission Form on file before attending Youth events. Click here to download copy of the fillable permission form. Please complete and email to youth@discoverstmark.org.

For more information about our programs for youth, contact Rev. MP Panco, Associate Pastor Youth and Children, at mpanco@discoverstmark.org

Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631

Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.

Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.

Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.

Links of Interest
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Greater St. Louis Area Council
National BSA Council